Classic Scissors vs. Clippers

So, classic scissors vs. clippers?

People will never see a stylist without their equipment. However, a hairstylist has to choose the best tool for the job. When it comes to cutting hair, there are only two options. Scissors and clippers. However, is there a difference between the two? Is one more popular than the other?

What You Should Know

Barbers have been around for centuries. In the Middle Ages, barbers were trusted with more than just hair. However, as the field specialized, barbers began to focus their techniques. For a long time, the default tool for hairstylists was scissors and eventually straight razors. However, 1921 would add a new tool to the hairstylist’s toolbox. The electric hair clippers were designed to be convenient and efficient.  Both scissors and clippers cut hair. However, the types of cuts are different. While scissor cuts are loose, clipper cuts are tight. This difference is what differentiates scissors and clippers cuts.

Since scissor cuts are loose, they contour better to the head. As a result, scissor cuts are more natural and are easier to blend. Furthermore, these cuts grow back naturally and are better than clippers. Finally, scissor cuts tend to last longer and there is more control over the cuts.

Clipper cuts are the best for very close cuts, like buzz cuts. Since clippers result in tight, short cuts, hair tends to grow back at different rates. However, clippers can accommodate thicker hair lengths. In addition, clippers are easier to maneuver, allowing for complex cuts and details.

Why Do Some Men Choose One Over Another?

There are pros and cons to both types of cuts.

Electric clippers are popular with some men because of their accessibility. Owning and maintaining clipper cuts are easier and control the amount of hair cut off because of the guard. Also, clippers can make shorter hair look thicker and keep a symmetrical cut. Men who prefer high and tight cuts will also have an affinity for these types of cuts. In addition, clippers can create a polish fade. However, clipper cuts can damage hair over time and mistakes are harder to correct.

For scissor fans, these cuts are versatile with how they are used and work well on all types of hair. If a mistake is made during the cut, it is easier to correct because it is a loose cut. Scissors also do not rely on batteries. However, you need to pay close attention when cutting with scissors. Furthermore, men are restricted to a simple trim at home between haircuts.

Ask Your Stylist

Classic scissors vs. clippers? That is a tough question that really depends on the person and what type of hairstyle you want.

While people have their preferences, sometimes you have to use one cut over the other. That is why it’s important to talk with your hairstylist. Professional stylists will understand what cut will look the best. Most hairstylists blend both scissor and clipper cuts to give people their ideal looks. When it comes to reaching your hair goals, the stylist at Hair Mechanix will help you meet them in no time! All of our services focus on giving you the best manscaping around.

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Clipper guard numbers will help you get the best cut!

Knowing the numbers on your clipper guards will make your next cut come out great!

Clipper guards are an easy way to communicate with your Hair Mechanix stylist what kind of haircut you want. Being able to walk into the shop and say “I’d like a 8 on top and a 4 on the sides” makes your cut come out perfectly. Not everyone who sits in one of our chairs understands what each clipper guard number means, which is why we’re here with this month’s “Hair Tips From Hair Mechanix”.

Knowing your clipper guard numbers are the best way to get the perfect cut. Even though some brands may vary very slightly in length, they are mostly consistent across the board. We’ll explain a few basics about clipper guards then go into the details about what each size means.

The Basics Of Clippers and Clipper Guard Numbers:

Guards go 0-8 (sometimes up to 10) depending on the brand. The lower the guard number the shorter the hair will be,
a lot of the lower numbers are used in fades, so if you request a fade you’ll have extra brownie points for knowing what number you’d like to fade from and into. Different brands will vary the length of the number (or how the number is displayed) so make sure to talk to your stylist beforehand. Know the length that you are aiming for, and communicate that to your stylist.

What each clipper guard numbers mean:

0 = No blade
As close to the head as you’re going to get. Without a clipper guard, you will get a traditional “Buzz Cut”. If you want a chrome dome… your Hair Mechanix stylist will bust out the razor

1 = ⅛ of an inch
This blade size will create a buzz cut look when used all over. Please note that when using a 1 your scalp will show, so if you are balding or have thinning hair you may want to go higher if used on top.

2 = ¼ of an inch
Still in the buzz cut category, leaving a ¼” of hair will give your head a fuller look and won’t expose your scalp as much as a 1 or 0. Great for fades and all around

3 = ⅜ of an Inch
This is the last guard of the short/buzz cut look. Not only will your scalp not be exposed but your hair will still be low maintenance

4 = ½ inch
This guard is closer to a crew cut than a buzz cut. This length is great for people with thick or thinning hair
5 = ⅝ th of an inch
Frequently used in a taper and considered closer to a crew cut or classic cut

6 = ¾ of an inch
Another length used to taper hair, this guard will give you enough hair to style, but will also

7 =⅞ of an inch
Great for men who want a crew cut look and have thicker or more hair.

8 = 1 inch
Best used to create length on top. This is the longest clipper guard

Before jumping into the world of clippers and clipper guards, make sure to try them out first at your local Hair Mechanix. Make sure to communicate with your stylist about what look you’re going for and bring pictures if you don’t know what to do.

We can’t emphasize this enough: If you don’t know what you want to tell your stylist. Also, we can always take more hair off. Stop into your local Hair Mechanix today!